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Man charged after shop worker beaten to the head as masked men storm Derry shop

A shop worker has been struck to the head during the robbery of a shop in Londonderry.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward - reaching out specifically to motorists who may have dash cam footage.

At around 9.20pm on Saturday night two masked men forced their way into the shop on Temple Road.

An employee was hit in the head with some type of instrument and threatened at knife point.

The suspects demanded money before fleeing the scene on foot with a sum of money, made up of coins and notes.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: “Both suspects are described as being approximately 5’ 9’’ tall and wore dark-coloured clothing. One of the suspects was reported to have been wearing a beige-coloured flat cap.

“Police subsequently arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of robbery, and he remains in custody assisting us with our enquiries.

"The employee who was struck on the head was treated by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service at the scene. Other staff members who were present at the time of the incident were not injured, however, they have been left shaken."

DS Brian Reid appealed to anyone who may have been in the area or who witnessed the robbery to come forward.

"I would also urge any drivers who were in the area around this time and who have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to check their footage. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1382 of 14/07/18," he said.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Update - The 42-year-old man was charged with a number of offences, he is due to appear in court on Monday.

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